Rags to riches
The true tale of Charles II’s favourite mistress is set to be brought alive with NellGwynn at Shakespeare’s Globe (2-13 May). Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole at the Globe in 2015, the show went on to win the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and is now on a national tour. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play is set on London’s Drury Lane in 1660. Laura Pitt-Pulford stars as ‘pretty, witty Nell’, a lowly orange seller in the West End who catches the eye of King Charles II. Her good looks, charm and new royal standing help catapult her through society to become a famous actress and an unlikely heroine.